Nightly Observing Plan for MJD 57016 (starting evening of Dec 24, 2014)¶
- Douglas Tucker (observer1)
- Sahar Allam (observer2)
- Rutuparna Das (run manager)
- Alberto Alvarez
- Hernan Tirado
- Dancer, Prancer, and Comet
- SNOW (The Sleigh eNergy Optimization Workforce) has found a way for Santa to complete his rounds even if fewer reindeer are available. Santa's funding situation is pretty constant though (due to all the public outreach he does), which means that the only repercussion of this finding is that the reindeer get further benefits and more PTO. And so, these three have graciously agreed to accompany us tonight and keep the seeing levels at bay (they have had a lot of experience manipulating atmospheric turbulence while running the sleigh). Comet has been especially excited, as running around the Blanco makes his tail glow.
Sunset 20:53 CLST 23:53 UT SidTim 21 deg
Eve. -10 21:34 CLST 00:34 UT SidTim 31 deg Zeropoint; standards
Eve. -14 21:57 CLST 00:57 UT SidTim 37 deg Begin obstac
Eve. -18 22:22 CLST 01:22 UT SidTim 43 deg Last chance standards
Moonset 22:58 CLST 01:58 UT SidTim 52 deg
Midpoint 01:43 CLST 04:43 UT SidTim 93 deg
Morn -18 05:04 CLST 08:04 UT SidTim 144 deg Begin astronomical twilight
Morn Std 05:28 CLST 08:28 UT SidTim 150 deg End obstac; begin standards
Morn -10 05:51 CLST 08:51 UT SidTim 156 deg
Sunrise 06:32 CLST 09:32 UT SidTim 166 deg
Moon position (deg): RA 316.3, Dec -11.3 Phase: 0.222
Clear, with a chance of glowing red noses.
Observing Plan and Goals for the Night¶
Capture a sleigh trail in our images (preferably in multiple bands, so we can make a coadd).